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Bayern Storm Past Bamberg

FC Bayern Basketball defeated the Brose Baskets of Bamberg 96-90 and exacted revenge for their league loss on the road back on January 4th.

The win also clinches homecourt advantage for Bayern in the first round of the playoffs that begin on Saturday, May 9th. A soldout Audi Dome (6,700) witnessed a brilliant final quarter for Munich as they outscored their Bavarian neighbors from Franconia 29-16 and erased the seven-point deficit. All Munich players who saw action scored, and together dished out 19 assists demontrating a total team effort. Janis Strelnieks led all scorers with 30 points but it was not enough for the visiting Baskets.

Scoring by quarter (FCBB - BAM): 26-26, 19-25, 22-23, 29-16

FC Bayern team: John Bryant (19 points/8 rebounds), Dusko Savanovic (19), Nihad Djedovic (15/6 assists), Heiko Schaffartzik (11), Anton Gavel (9/5 ast), Bryce Taylor (6), Vasilije Micic (6), Paul Zipser (6), Vladimir Stimac (2), Yassin Idbihi (2), Robin Benzing (1). DNP: Jan Jagla


Svetislav Pesic, Head Coach, FCBB: "Bamberg dominated the game for over 33 minutes and executed their gameplan in our house. They played a long time with three guards and played an extremely aggressive offensive game. So they were very difficult for us to stop. We tried many things and changed up our defense. Finally we were able to stop their good spacing. After we figured out our defense then we were able to gain the much-needed self-confidence for the win. If Bamberg had won, that would have also been one they deserved."

Andrea Trinchieri, Head Coach, Brose Baskets: "We played incredibly well for 33 minutes and made the right decisions. Then we started to box out poorly, especially on the opposing free-throws. We gave into the mental pressure in the final minutes. We always defended well, but Bayern had too many second chance opportunities. Offensively we made bad decisions in the end. That is what ultimately decided the game."


1st Quarter
FCBB Head Coach Svetislav Pesic chose Anton Gavel, Bryce Taylor, Nihad Djedovic, Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant to start the rivalry game. The soldout Audi Dome got their money's worth from the opening seconds, as two of the top three teams in the league squared off and battled from the tip-off. The lead changed hands several times, Gavel earned the 10-7 lead for the defending league champions after three minutes with a three-pointer. Bamberg played calm and focused, taking advantage of any lapses of concentration by Bayern to keep it close. Janis Strelnieks connected for a three-pointer that sparked a 9-2 run to earn the lead for Bamberg (18-25, 8' minute). Bayern's answer came in the name of Heiko Schaffartzik, his consecutive three-pointers brought the Reds back into the game (24-26, 10'), and Vasilije Micic tied it 26-26 at the buzzer.

2nd Quarter
Baskets' Head Coach Andrea Trinchieri took a timeout exactly 25 seconds into the second quarter after Taylor stole ball, moved past two defenders and easily layed it up for the 28-26 lead. Over the next minutes, buckets were hard to come by compared to the first quarter, but the game remained exciting and competitive. Bryant connected from beyond-the-arc to tie the game again, this time at 34-34. The game was close, but two minutes before halftime, Elias Harris hit a three-pointer to increase the lead for the Baskets (40-45, 18'). Coach Pesic immediately called timeout. This short huddle allowed Pesic's men to discuss how to stop Bamberg, but the deficit remained after the first 20 minutes, the home Reds trailing 51-45.

3rd Quarter
The second half started tough for the home side as they needed two minutes to finally score. Djedovic converted a bucket despite being fouled and completed the three-point-play (48-53, 23'). Bayern attacked and tried everything but the ball found it tough to get into the basket. After five minutes, Coach Pesic took a timeout as the Baskets built up their first double-digit lead (54-64, 27'). However Munich displayed character and, spurred on by the home crowd, came back into the game with an 11-3 run (65-67, 29'). Bamberg held onto the lead thanks to another Harris three-pointer, Bayern trailed 74-67.

4th Quarter
Paul Zipser secured the first points for Munich with free-throws, and Djedovic followed with a three-point play - Bayern were back in it again (72-74, 32') and getting the fans off their seats. Six minutes left to play, Bryant outplayed his defender under the basket and tied the game (76-76, 35'). Djedovic put Bayern finally in front for the first time in what felt like forever (77-76, 35'). Bayern irritated Bamberg with a zone defense, forcing them to make errors and switch too quickly. The momentum shifted when Zipser picked up a loose ball, proceeded to drive lightning-quick to the hoop and finished with a powerful dunk (81-76, 36'). The wheels came off the guests from Franconia who could not find an answer for the Munich defense. The exception was Strelnieks who made two three-pointers (89-82, 38'). The Reds missed free-throws that kept the suspense going for the final minutes as Bamberg were now within four points. Djedovic brought home the win with a smooth three-pointer, delighting the fans with the now insormountable 96-88 lead with 32 seconds left. Victory was in the bag, Bayern defeat Bamberg with a final score of 96-90.


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